Benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday after his agent made a trade request.
Robinson, a former Rainier Beach High and University of Washington star, has not played in the Knicks’ last 12 games. A two-time winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest, he has played in 12 out of 30 games this season and is averaging 11 points.
Agent Aaron Goodwin recently said he’d asked the Knicks to move Robinson to another team. Robinson was fined for statements detrimental to the NBA.
“Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly and are responsible for public statements relating to them made by their representatives,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
Goodwin said the benching was personal, not basketball related. A day after Goodwin’s comments on Dec. 19, Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he would probably begin talks with the agent about a trade.
Robinson averaged a career-high 17.2 points last season as the Knicks’ sixth man. He was a restricted free agent in the offseason and re-signed with a one-year contract.
Report: T-Mac asks for trade
Tracy McGrady’s representatives reportedly asked the Houston Rockets to trade him.
A source spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because neither side has made an official comment.
The seven-time All-Star has been asking for more playing time as he tries to come back from offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee. He left the team and returned to Houston over the weekend.
The Houston Chronicle first reported that McGrady’s representatives asked for a trade
McGrady has played in six games since his season debut on Dec. 15. Houston coach Rick Adelman had limited him to about seven or eight minutes a game since then.
His team trailing Charlotte by 22 points at halftime, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles benched starters Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut, the team’s second and third-leading scorers, in the second half of the 94-84 loss. Redd and Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, combined to shoot 1-for-10 in the first half. “What do I need to say? ... Everybody has got to look at themselves right now,” Skiles said. … Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he is hopeful Ron Artest will rejoin the team in Los Angeles for tonight’s game against Golden State. Artest sustained a concussion and injured his left elbow in a fall at his home on Christmas Day. … Grizzlies forward and leading scorer Rudy Gay was inactive against the Wizards because of a sprained left ankle.